Gin and a 5k

We missed our new thing for April so we doubled up in May. There is a great distillery in town that specializes in gin (though they are branching out into vodka and whiskey) called Vikre. Located in the Palucci building of Canal Park, just across the street from Grandma’s, their bar offers an intimate, upscale Scandinavian feel. The drinks are fantastic and are crafted around the gin, vodka and aquavit they produce. My personal favorites include The Bee’s Knees and the Lumbersexual, which somehow tastes like bubble-yum (in a good way). This little bar should definitely be ranked among the best modern cocktail bars in the country, or at least can hold their own against other local bars like Lake Avenue Cafe and Zeitgeist. But sip your cocktail slowly because at about $12 each these drinks are for special treats only (unless you are far wealthier than me). I’d love to give more support to this great, local distillery but I just can’t justify spending that kind of cash for one small drink. It was a great new experience that I’d love to repeat, but one that will be relegated to Date Night only.

Jon – a recent UMD grad – humped this bottle up Mt. Timpanogos in Utah. Awesome. Posted by Vikre Distillery

Then, on May 30th, we joined thousands in Superior for the only 5k I’d ever be willing to do: The Insane Inflatable 5k. What a blast! My husband, mom, aunt, cousin and cousin-in-law all gathered for this event and we had so much fun bouncing through all the inflatable obstacles. None of us ran, of course – we were just there for the “bouncy castles,” as Husband puts it, but I was still pretty nervous about being able to survive such a rigorous workout. Those bouncy things were TALL and you have to climb up one side to slide down the other, or jump over 4-foot tall obstacles. It all looked very daunting to me, but once we got started I wanted to go back around a second time. All the best parts of childhood in a 5k! Looking forward to it again next year

Sliding down an obstacle in the Insane Inflatable 5k.
Sliding down an obstacle in the Insane Inflatable 5k.

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